[Vision2020] Unpleasant news

Gary Crabtree moscowlocksmith at gmail.com
Wed May 27 07:45:37 PDT 2015


Sad and unexpected news of Wayne's premature departure hit my door
step this morning. I will greatly miss his periodic visits to the shop to
discuss news of the day and matters of mutual interest. Rest well, pal.

Wayne Martin Price, 62, of Moscow died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Hospice
House in Coeur d'Alene.

Wayne was born March 21, 1953, in Pittsburgh, Penn., to George and Marie
Price. He grew up in Pittsburgh until high school when he attended
Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., graduating in 1971.

In 1973, Wayne joined the U.S. Army where he served for 36 years before
retiring in 2010. His military career began during the Vietnam era when he
walked into the recruiters' office and signed up to be a helicopter pilot.
In his back pocket was his notification that his lottery number had been
selected for duty. He became a helicopter test pilot and air traffic
controller. He was commissioned as a "mustang" and assigned to the Signal
Corp as an intelligence officer. He served in some capacity in every
military action since Vietnam. His last assignment was chief of coalition
communication for US CENTCOM. He served as a U.S. liaison officer to
England in charge of communications during the Falklands War and to Canada
during military exercises exploring joint operations. He was decorated by
several countries for his work, including Australia, New Zealand, Estonia,
Bosnia and Poland. Wayne was a graduate of the Marine Special Operations
School in Quantico, Va., and held a B.S. in criminal justice from Columbus
State and a juris doctorate from the University Of Idaho School of Law. On
April 24, 2002, Wayne married his wife of 13 years, Crystal Conrad, in
Moscow. Wayne currently was teaching military history and business law at
the U I.

Wayne loved to debate, often taking the opposing view just to prolong the
debate and frustrate his "opponent." He loved to cook, although he never
used a recipe everything always turned out great. Wayne was a voracious
reader and loved making models of WWII-era landing craft and Coast Guard

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marie Price, his
brother, George Jr., and father-in-law, Joe Conrad.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal, at their Moscow home; sister, Lorraine
A. Price, of Jackson, Tenn.; stepson, Seth Cambron, of Williston, N.D.; and
brothers-in-law Ron (Judy) Conrad and Tom (Vonnie) Conrad and mother-in-law
Leona Conrad, all of Colfax, Wash.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moscow. Burial will follow at the Onecho
Cemetery in Whitman County.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wayne's honor to St. Mary's
School or a foundation of the giver's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel of Moscow and
online condolences may be left at www/shorts.funeralchapel.com.

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